Week 5 Waiver Wire: Slim Pickings for Tuesday Night
The pickings will be slim on the Week 5 waiver wire. There were not the rash of injuries that we have seen in the past few weeks. If you have the number one priority in your league, you may want to hold on to it this week.
The premise of this weekly article is to point out key players at every position who are readily available (less than 40% owned) in Yahoo! and ESPN leagues that you may be able to add to your roster for upside. Percent owned is shown in parentheses. Keep in mind, each fantasy team is unique, as are scoring and roster formats.
Think of this as a road map to your team’s success. Factor in whether or not your league uses PPR scoring, allows you to play two quarterbacks or other variables that impact your decisions to claim a player off of waiver. Let us get started.
Mitchell Trubisky and Josh Allen both left the game Sunday, but their backups leave a lot to be desired. Unless you are in SuperFlex leagues, they can probably be left on the wire. There are still some startable options out there. Here is a quick rundown of who you may want to consider adding.
Gardner Minshew-Jacksonville Jaguars
All the rookie from Washington State has done is average 20.10 points over three and a half games of football. Gardner Minshew (15% Yahoo!, 14.3% ESPN) could be the real deal and should continue to start for the next several weeks. The most surprising stat is that he has only one interception on 121 pass attempts. The touchdown to interception ratio sits at seven to one.
On the season, Minshew has more points than Kyler Murray, Aaron Rogers, Jared Goff, and Baker Mayfield. If you are in need of a bye week fill-in or even a spot starter over the next several weeks, the quarterback with all the Moxy should be a consideration. The matchup is tough this week, but using the new Defenses App courtesy of FFStatistics, we see that Week 6 brings forth a tasty matchup against a New Orleans Saints team giving up the fifth-most points to the quarterback position.
Quarterback Honorable Mention
Andy Dalton (36% Yahoo!, 15.8% ESPN), Jacoby Brissett (35% Yahoo!, 32.1% ESPN), Marcus Mariota (11% Yahoo!, 8.7% ESPN)
The Week 5 waiver wire report continues with the running back position. There were no injuries at the running back position in Week 4 that will open up many new opportunities as we saw with Wayne Gallman last week. The pickings are pretty slim under 40% owned, but there are a few players lingering out there that may provide value.
Jamaal Williams-Green Bay Packers
A first-quarter injury prevented Jamaal Williams (15% Yahoo!, 28.9% ESPN) from possibly hitting double-digits in three straight games. Head coach Matt LaFleur said prior to Week 4 that he wanted more of an even split between Aaron Jones and Williams. Jones did nothing to separate himself from Williams, averaging just 1.62 yards per carry Thursday night against the Philadelphia Eagles.
If anything were to happen to Jones or if he continues to underwhelm, we can see that Williams carries RB2 value without Aaron Jones in the picture. If you have a spot available on your bench, give Williams consideration this week. Check on his injury status but all signs point to him being alright.
Running Back Honorable Mention
Raheem Mostert (30% Yahoo!, 33% ESPN), Jaylen Samuels (29% Yahoo!, 19.2% ESPN), Derrius Guice (24% Yahoo!, 35.5% ESPN), Jeff Wilson Jr. (5% Yahoo!, 7.6% ESPN)
We roll on with the Week 5 waiver wire feature with the wide receiver position. There were some big games that struggled in Week 4. All in all, it was sort of an off week for the position. One standout will be highlighted next.
A.J. Brown-Tennessee Titans
Although A.J. Brown (10% Yahoo!, 6% ESPN) only saw three targets on Sunday, the rookie made the most of them. The Ole Miss grad hauled in all 3 targets for 94 yards and 2 touchdowns, good for 24.4 PPR points. It was Brown’s second double-digit effort in just four games this season. Our very own Raju Byfield wrote up Brown for FFStatistics here. In that article, Byfield offers up this gem of a Tweet to tell you all you need to know about Brown.
This play by A.J Brown highlights his speed, route running, and sideline awareness. Brown extends his route on the broken play, creating the separation needed to give his pressured QB a large enough window. #NFLDraft #NFLDraftProspects #DraftTwitter pic.twitter.com/TrSOiIGYD5
— Raju Byfield (@FantasyContext) March 9, 2019
Wide Receiver Honorable Mention
Mohamed Sanu (27% Yahoo!, 35.2% ESPN), Geronimo Allison (24% Yahoo!, 27.2% ESPN), Cole Beasley (12% Yahoo!, 17.8% ESPN), DeVante Parker (9% Yahoo!, 6.9% ESPN)
We close the Week 5 waiver wire report with the Tight End position. There were not any great performances that stood out in Week 4 from low-end tight ends. This is a position that may make or break rosters in 2019. With the spot in flux most weeks, it is important to scour for opportunities when they present themselves.
Chris Herndon-New York Jets
This will be the last week that Chris Herndon (19% Yahoo!, 8.1% ESPN) is on suspension. Herndon has only 12 games of NFL experience but has made the most of those opportunities. The second-year tight end from the University of Miami actually is better on a point per opportunity basis than Travis Kelce and Zach Ertz.
With the season-ending injury to Quincy Enumwa, there should be enough targets to go around for Herndon to be viable. If you are thin at the position or need a bye week fill-in for after Week 6, he could be your winning lottery ticket.
Tight End Honorable Mention
Vernon Davis (39% Yahoo!, 26.5% ESPN), Jimmy Graham (36% Yahoo!, 35.7% ESPN), Trey Burton (35% Yahoo!, 36.9% ESPN)
The pickings are slim this week, but we still need to be active on the wire to stay relevant all season long. The hope is that this article helps make your waiver wire decisions a little bit easier. Come back every Tuesday for the latest rendition of this series to help you build your fake team into a contender if you happened to miss on some draft picks. Injuries play a vital role in fantasy and one of the biggest advantages you can have is to be active on the wire every week.